When it comes to sunscreen, everyone has different views and preferences. With so many differing sun protection habits and opinions, how do you know which is the best sunscreen for your skin?

Between different lifestyles, plus various skin types, tones, and concerns, there’s a lot to consider when choosing a sunscreen. ISDIN South Africa, a leading brand in dermatology and known for its innovative and exemplary sunscreen range breaks down what makes a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen, to make your choice easier. 

Firstly, it is important to note that “Sun damage significantly affects our skin. It can harm cells and proteins, contribute to skin cancer, and accelerate the skin’s natural aging process by up to 80%. So, whatever your age or skin type, there’s one thing that you should always include in your daily skincare routine: sunscreen,” explained Karlo Mitchell from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. 

What do Dermatologists look for in sunscreen? 

Skin-boosting ingredients. To get the maximum benefit from your sunscreen, look for one with additional ingredients that boost overall skin health. The most advanced formulations now help care for your skin in other ways, adding peptides to help target signs of premature skin ageing, and antioxidants, for extra protection against oxidative skin damage. 

The texture makes you want to wear it. The best kind of sunscreen is one you will want to apply every single day. And that’s where expert insights come into play. Dermatologists are always on top of the latest innovations in product texture — such as 100% mineral sunscreens that don’t leave behind a greasy, white residue and don’t burn your eyes. 

The higher the SPF, the better. One of the biggest misconceptions about sunscreen is that if you have dark skin or more melanin, you don’t need to be using a high SPF. Everyone needs to be using a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30+. SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of the amount of time that your sunscreen will help protect your skin from solar radiation. When making your choice, it’s best to look for a higher SPF, such as an SPF 50 or SPF 50+ sunscreen, as this increases the time it would take for your skin to burn when in direct sunlight.

Lastly, It’s broad spectrum. Meaning, it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are largely responsible for premature skin ageing, so they provoke changes in the skin, such as the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots. UVB rays are sometimes called burning rays, as they’re the culprit behind sunburn and tanning in your skin. Both types of rays can contribute to the risk of developing skin cancer. So, for the best all-over protection, be sure to choose broad spectrum sunscreens.

ISDIN will soon be releasing their highly sought-after and leading Fusion Water MAGIC SPF50 sunscreen in South Africa. This sunscreen is widely used by dermatologists as it encompasses all of the above key factors and is an ultra-light water-phase facial sunscreen. This new and improved sunscreen formulation melts into your skin without leaving a greasy residue or white cast. Skin boosting ingredients include Mediterranean Alga Extract and Vitamin E which offer antioxidant action, while hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration. It’s comfortable to wear as it’s an oil-free mineral sunscreen which won’t burn your eyes and has wet skin technology meaning you can apply this over wet skin and it will provide the same intense protection from the sun. 

“Bottom line: To help protect your skin from sun damage and photoageing, a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen is a great place to start. Remember, the sun doesn’t take a day off! So, whichever type of sunscreen you choose, apply it daily, and apply it well,” concluded Mitchell. 

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